City Roots is a thriving urban farm in the historic Rosewood neighborhood of Columbia, SC.
AT CITY ROOTS OUR MISSION IS TO PRODUCE CLEAN, HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLY GROWN PRODUCTS WHILE ENHANCING AND EDUCATING OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF LOCALLY GROWN FOOD, COMPOSTING, VERMICOMPOSTING AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FARMING PRACTICES
Cities are stereotypically rootless places. What “roots” there are seem to be made out of rebar and steel. Not only is the city ground often rootless, but its citizens are too. Cities are the places people move to when they leave their roots behind.
Stereotypically, that is. We at City Roots don’t believe that has to be true. Not only have we succeeded in putting down forty different kinds of vegetable roots within the city limits of Columbia, but also we have also begun to put down our own personal roots in this place. Our 2.75 acre farm is establishing itself as a perennial part of community life for the residents of Columbia. While we only started out with the goal of putting plant roots in the ground, we are delighted with our added role of providing a fertile place for people to become rooted to.
City Roots began somewhere in 2009. Asking for the exact date is kind of like asking when a vegetable started. Is it with the blossom, when you plant the seed in the dirt, or with the plant that produced the seed? Did the farm start when Robbie McClam, the owner, first heard the NPR interview with Will Allen that inspired him start an urban farm? Was it when he attended the Growing Power Commercial Urban Agriculture program? Or how about when the City of Columbia agreed to change the zoning of the land to agricultural use? But what about the ground breaking? And the first seeds sprouting? Or is the beginning when we sold our first vegetable?
Like any well-established plant, City Roots is the product of people’s hard work, dedication, and ability to see the worth of the vegetable in the seed. While we get closer to our environmental, social, and financial goals each day, we need the help of our community to make sure we are not prematurely uprooted by financial struggle. We rely on your economic support like a tomato plant leans on its trellis. Your grocery decisions matter to us. So, if you are already headed out to the grocery store, please consider coming the few extra blocks to get your veggies from us. You’ll not only get the freshest vegetables in the neighborhood. You’ll be a part of what’s taking root in the city.
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1005 Airport Blvd
Columbia, SC 29205
BUY Fresh, organic produce and flowers on the farm
Sat 10am–2pm (Seasonally)